The Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association(TM) (TWHBEA(R)), an agricultural non-profit 501c(5) organization headquartered in Lewisburg, Tennessee, is the oldest and most prestigious organization devoted to the promotion of the breed. Founded on May 11, 1935, the breed registry was established to record the pedigrees of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Its goal is to maintain the purity of the breed, to promote greater awareness of the Tennessee Walking Horse and its qualities, to encourage the expansion of the breed, and to help assure its general welfare. Since the breed was recognized officially by the US Department of Agriculture in 1954, and the TWHBEA as the only and official breed registry, it is a simple truth that “if it ain’t registered at TWHBEA, it ain’t a Tennessee Walking Horse.”
There are more than 530,302 registered Tennessee Walking Horses(C) throughout the world. TWHBEA(R) protects the investment of Tennessee Walking Horse(C) owners by establishing policies and requirements and maintaining the breed registry. A 13-person Executive Committee, selected from the International Board of Directors representing members from the United States of America and several foreign countries, plays a key role in establishing these policies. The success and popularity of the Tennessee Walking Horse is the result of thoughtful organization and strong leadership by the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ and Exhibitors’ Association(TM), and it is the essential organization for the continued success of the breed.